Movies as Art

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New Status of Movies as an Art Form

Motion pictures have advanced, in three-quarters of a century, from the nickelodeon to Lincoln Center—from inexpensive entertainment for the masses to “the central art of our time.”1 Most of the people who go to the movies are young, intelligent and, to an extent not fully appreciated, film-educated. A recent survey, commissioned by the Motion Picture Association of America, found that around 50 per cent of the contemporary film audience is under age 24 and that 75 per cent of the audience is under age 40. Today's average high school student spends 11,000 hours in the classroom before graduation. By contrast, the same student has watched television for 15,000 hours and has seen 500 feature motion pictures by ...

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